Backup your data and do a complete install, wiping the disk and reformating.
It will resolve all problems.
Disconnect everything but the mouse, keyboard and monitor including your broadband internet connection if applicable when you do this.
After reinstallation make sure the firewall is enabled (it won't be by default) and go to Windows Update and download SP2. You do not have to get SP1 first as SP2 includes everything on SP1.
Reboot and go back to Windows update, set it to update and install automatically and set it to do updates at a time when you know your computer will be on. Get all additionall available updates at this time as well.
Next reinstall your AV program and update its virus definitions.
Next get a good firewall (the Freeware Zonealarm SE is adaquate)
Once it is installed and on, deactivate the Windows firewall.
Get additional anti-malware aps such as Windows Defender, Spybot Search and Destroy (with Teatimer activated), Adaware Personal (freeware), etc and update each after you install them.Freeware AntiSpyware and Security ProgramsSoftware firewalls with freeware versions
Free Zone Alarm SE: http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/cata...g=en&lid=nav_za
use the following to paste in the forum:http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/cata...g=en&lid=nav_za
Sygate: http://www.sygate.com/Antivirus programs - freeware
(you can only use one resident anti-virus program on your computer. More than one will conflict)
Avast Anti-virus freewarehttp://www.komando.com/bestshareware.aspAnti-malware freeware
(You can run as many of these as you wish. Generally there is no conflict between these and you should always run several)
Ad-Aware SE Personal is a free version and it can be downloaded from our Mirror Sites in the Download section at Lavasoft website. However, please note that while the free Ad-Aware SE naturally helps you remove all spyware, it does not provide real-time memory scanning; this capability comes with the paid versions.http://www.lavasoft.com/
Click on Adaware SE Personal in “Products” on the left side of the page
Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Be sure to enable “Teatimer” which gives you realtime protection.
Microsoft Windows Defender http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
This also provides realtime protection.
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx
AČ - Free from http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4281.html
. Run it, click Search for Updates, then click Scan.
Here are some web based scans that may be helpful in the future - out them in your "favorites" in Internet Explorer. You must use IE to run these as they require Axtive X to operate:Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans:
(these can be run regardless of whatever else you are using. You must use Internet Explorer to run these.)
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scannerhttp://www.kaspersky.com/service?chapter=161739400#betatest
Panda Activescan http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/co...n_principal.htm
Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:http://housecall-beta.trendmicro.com/en/st...orp.asp?id=scan
Etrust Anti-virus web scannerhttp://www3.ca.com/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
online trojan scans here - http://scan.sygatetech.com/pretrojanscan.html
Windows Security Trojanscanhttp://windowsecurity.com/trojanscan
See instructions for it here:http://www.windowsecurity.com/trojanscan/trojanscan.asp
Reinstall all aps and restore the data you backed up.
Edited by Enthusiast, 05 March 2006 - 12:08 PM.